PANCo Resources

Our aim is to inspire and support Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinators (PANCo), students, Early Years settings and tutors with access to the latest information, case studies, resources and expertise.

In the spirit of open sharing of information, all of the resources on this page are FREE.

Linda Baston-Pitt, CEO of PurpleBee, has been the driving force behind developing the national PANCo role and supporting Early Years settings across the UK and beyond to develop their wellbeing strategies. As co-founder of the PANCo qualification, she is keen to share her own experience and knowledge in the sector as well as providing a platform for others to share their challenges and successes.

“Together we can build the evidence we need to show that having a PANCo in your organisation makes a measurable difference to the health and wellbeing of children, staff and families. My hope is that one day every Early Years setting will have a PANCo.”

PANCo Pioneers

Need some inspiration? Read short case studies from our wonderful qualified PurpleBee Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinators ( PANCo ) to find out what they have been doing to support the wellbeing of children and staff in their settings.

#1 PANCo Inspo Series
Physical Activity: Tummy Time

#2 PANCo Inspo Series
Physical Activity: Outdoor Play

#3 PANCo Inspo Series
Physical Activity: Music and Movement

#4 PANCo Inspo Series
Nutrition: Portion Sizes

#5 PANCo Inspo Series
Nutrition: Packed lunches

#6 PANCo Inspo Series
Nutrition: Growing vegetables

#7 PANCo Inspo Series
Staff wellbeing: Staff room snacks

#8 PANCo Inspo Series
Staff wellbeing: Walking meetings

#9 PANCo Inspo Series
Staff wellbeing: Self care techniques

Nursery Groups

Read about our Start Life Well Gold status Nursery groups. Find out how PurpleBee PANCo’s are leading the way and raising the bar.


Kindred Nurseries case study

Spring by Action for Children case study

PANCo Podcasts

Dawn and Linda talk about physical activity and nutrition, how wellbeing starts with staff and the benefits of involving staff in initiatives from the development stage.

FREE Occasional Paper

Download our FREE Occasional Paper: Harnessing the Power of Yes and Yet and find out how you can develop a healthy learning ecosystem in your Early Years setting.

PANCo Library

World Happiness Report 2021

The World Happiness Report 2021 focuses on the effects of COVID-19 and how people all over the world have fared.

LEGO Learning Institute 2021

The future of play : defining the role and value of play in the 21st century.

World Health Organisation 2021

Standards for healthy eating, physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep in early childhood education and care settings: a toolkit

WHO Guidelines on Physical Activity and Sedentary behaviour from 5yrs old onwards Nov 2020

World Health Organization

The Good Childhood Report 2020

This is the ninth annual report on the well-being of children in the UK from the Children’s Society.

State of the Nation 2020:
Children and Young People’s Wellbeing

Department for Education

The Whole Society Approach

Making a giant leap on childhood health- A report from Institute for Public Policy Research.

Wellbeing and Nurture:Physical and Emotional Security in Childhood 0-18yrs 2020

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.

Physical Literacy Handbook for Early Childhood Educators

Handbook from The Regional Municipality Of York, Canada.

Play Scotland

Booklet of fun resources and activities to support children’s physical activity through play.

NCMP and Child Obesity Profile: short statistical commentary March 2020

New official statistics report from the National Child Measurement Programme.

State of Health Visiting in England 2020

This latest publication from the Institute of Health Visiting presents the findings from an annual health visiting survey.

Public Health England Strategy 2020-2025

The PHE Strategy sets out Public Health England’s priorities for the next 5 years to both protect people and help people to live longer in good health.

Public Health England- Patterns and trends child obesity 2020

A presentation of the latest data on child obesity in England.

A Play Friendly School: Guidance for a whole school approach 2020

This guidance from Wales provides policy and practice related information to help school communities take a whole school approach to support children’s right to play.

CMO Special Obesity Report 2019

Time to Solve Childhood Obesity – An Independent Report by the Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies.

WHO Guidelines 2019

The World Health Organisation guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age.

Healthy Families : The Present and Future Role of the Supermarket 2020

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.

Health Equity In England: The Marmot Review 10 years on 2020

A new report by the Institute of Health Equity and commissioned by the Health Foundation that explores widening health inequalities over the last decade and proposes recommendations for action.

Children’s Mental Health beyond the Green Paper: The Role of Practice Based Evidence 2019

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy childhood.

The Primary PE and Sport Premium 2019

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.

Mental Health through Movement 2019

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.

UK Chief Medical Officers’ Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

Updated Physical Activity Guidelines 2019.

The Role of Marketing in Promoting a Fit and Healthy Childhood 2018

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.

Active Scotland Delivery Plan 2018

Scottish government – A More Active Scotland: Scotland’s Physical Activity delivery plan.

Improving children and young people’s
understanding of their wellbeing 2019

Children in Scotland has produced a new resource for teachers and practitioners to support children and young people’s understanding of their wellbeing.

Obesity in Wales Report 2019

Public Health Wales NHS Trust Obesity in Wales report.

Healthy Patterns for Healthy Families 2014

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.

The Early Years 2015

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.

Play 2015

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.

Mental Health in Childhood 2018

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.

Recommended reading list

Physical Activity

The Early Years Movement Handbook: A Principles-Based Approach to Supporting Young Children’s Physical Development, Health and Wellbeing.  Lala Manners 2019
Learning through Movement and Active Play in the Early Years: A Practical Resource for Professionals and Teachers. Tania Swift 2017
Encouraging Physical Development Through Movement-Play. Carol Archer , Iram Siraj 2015
Physical Development (Supporting Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Jonathan Doherty, Linda Cooper 2010
Time to Move Physical development in the Early Years: How to observe, assess and plan for progress. Trudi Fitzhenry and Karen Murphy 2015

50 Fantastic Ideas for Songs and Rhymes Paperback. Helen Battelley 2021


Inspiring Learning Through Cooking. Suzie Strutt 2019
Helping Children Develop a Positive Relationship with Food: A Practical Guide for Early Years Professionals. Jo Cormack 2017
Early Years Nutrition and Healthy Weight. Laura Stewart, Joyce Thompson – Mar 2015
Baby Food Matters: What science says about how to give your child healthy eating habits for life. Dr Clare Llewellyn and Dr Hayley Syrad 2018
Safety, Nutrition and Health in Early Education 6th Edition. Cathie Robertson 2015

They Are What You Feed Them: How Food Can Improve Your Child’s Behaviour, Learning and Mood. Dr Alex Richardson 2010

Child Health and Wellbeing 

What Children Need to Be Happy, Confident and Successful. Jeni Hooper 2012

Health and Well-being in Early Childhood Paperback –Janet Rose, Louise Gilbert, Valerie Richards 2015
Exploring Wellbeing in the Early Years. Julia Manning-Morton 2014
Live Well, Teach Well: A practical approach to wellbeing that works 1st Edition. Abigail Mann 2018
Young Children’s Health and Well-being. Angela Underdown 2006
Promoting Young Children’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing: A Practical Guide for Professionals and Parents. Sonia Mainstone – Cotton 2017

Building Confidence, Resilience and Emotional Intelligence in Young Children: A Practical Guide Using Growth Mindset, Forest School and Multiple Intelligences. Jamie Victoria Barnes 2020

Supporting Children’s Health and Wellbeing Paperback – Jackie Musgrave 2017

Staff Health and Wellbeing 

The Wellbeing Book: 50 ways to focus your mind, boost your body and supercharge your soul. Andrew Sharman 2018

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams ​. Matthew Walker 2018

Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World (Includes Free CD with Guided Meditations). Mark Williams 2011

The Stress Solution: The 4 Steps to calmer, happier, healthier you. Dr Rangan Chatterjee 2018

​Eat Better Forever: 7 Ways to Transform Your Diet. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall 2020

Burnout Survival Kit: Instant relief from modern work. Imogen Dall 2020